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VS Code Java Project Explorer Gets Better

The recently introduced project view for managing Java projects in Visual Studio Code received several enhancements in the latest update to Java functionality provided in Microsoft's popular open source, cross-platform code editor.

Updated Infragistics UI/UX Desktop Components Support .NET 5

Infragistics announced a new update to its UI/UX components suite, declaring that the .NET-centric Windows Forms and Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) components are compatible with .NET 5, Microsoft's open source and cross-platform evolution of the old Windows-only .NET Framework.

How Does .NET 5 Do XAML? By Decoupling It from Windows with WinUI 3, C#/WinRT and More

By lifting WinRT projections for C# out of the compiler and the runtime Microsoft is enabling the use of .NET5 with XAML applications.

New Xamarin.Forms 5 Drops Visual Studio 2017 Support

Microsoft announced Xamarin.Forms 5.0, a major release chock full of new functionality and features, but no official support for Visual Studio 2017.

MAUI in .NET 6: Xamarin.Forms Does Desktop, but Not Linux or VS Code

Microsoft's Xamarin team detailed what's coming up for MAUI, the evolution of Xamarin.Forms that will see the company take the open source, cross-platform framework for building native UIs for iOS and Android into the desktop arena -- but not to Linux.

Get Through the Year with These Visual Studio Code Holiday Themes

Just what you need to crawl over the finish line and say goodbye to 2020 with a smile on your face. 🤶

After Last 2020 VS Code Update, What's In Store for 2021?

With the year's last release of Visual Studio Code out in a "housekeeping" update, Microsoft highlighted new features and pointed to what's to come in 2021 for its popular open source cross-platform code editor.

Next Up for WinForms in .NET 6 Is High DPI Support

While Microsoft and community developers have improved desktop dev tooling in .NET 5 and new open source implementations, the tech hasn't translated easily from the Windows-only .NET Framework, and catch-up efforts planned for next year's .NET 6 include high DPI support for one troublesome project, Windows Forms.

No. 1 Visual Studio IDE Feature Request: Linux

In the "IDE" section of the "Visual Studio" section of Microsoft's Developer Community site, the No. 1 feature request -- as measured by community votes -- is "Visual Studio for Linux."

What's New for C++, .NET and More in Visual Studio 2019 v16.9 Preview 2

Microsoft shipped Visual Studio 2019 v16.9 Preview 2 while issuing New Year wishes toward the end of "this unpredictable year" that saw the milestone .NET 5 arrive incomplete from the original vision because of tricky problems and pandemic-caused delays but nevertheless saw Visual Studio versions churned out at a steady pace.

VS Code C++ Tool Broadens ARM/ARM64 Reach

The November monthly update to the Visual Studio C++ extension continues Microsoft's embrace of ARM and ARM64 architectures, used in CPUs for mobile devices because of power efficiency and other characteristics.

Microsoft Updates Azure Mobile Apps, Ponders Future

Microsoft announced several updates to its Azure Mobile Apps service and is conducting a survey to solicit feedback on its future as an evolving concern.

TypeScript Surges in GitHub Octoverse 2020 Report

TypeScript popularity surged in GitHub's annual Octoverse report, one of the most comprehensive developer-oriented studies in the industry, focusing on the open source dev space.

Move Over, Stack Overflow: Microsoft Launches Q&A for .NET

Stack Overflow probably isn't worried, but Microsoft has launched its own Q&A site for all things .NET, seeking to provide a one-stop-shop for getting .NET technical questions answered by the community.

Developer Decries WinForms-to-Blazor Performance Degradation

Since shipping .NET 5, Visual Studio 2019 v16.8 and more goodies recently, Microsoft has been touting speed improvements in many components -- including the red-hot Blazor project -- but some real-world developers are finding different results.

Google Cloud Functions Supports .NET Core 3.1 (but not .NET 5)

Google Cloud Functions -- often used for serverless, event-driven projects -- now supports .NET, but the new support is a release behind Microsoft's latest .NET offering.

Visual Basic in .NET 5: Ready for WinForms Apps

With the milestone .NET 5 and Visual Studio 2019 v16.8 releases now out, Microsoft is reminding Visual Basic coders that their favorite programming language enjoys full support and the troublesome Windows Forms Designer is even complete -- almost.

In New Releases, Microsoft Lauds .NET Productivity, Visual Studio 2019 Speed

Microsoft is continuing to crow about .NET productivity and speed gains in Visual Studio 2019 following last week's mass shipments of .NET 5, Visual Studio 2019 v16.8 and more.

After Hiring Creator of Python VS Code Tool, Microsoft Hires Creator of Python

Microsoft is pursuing its prominent Python push in a big way, hiring the creator of the popular programming language, Guido van Rossum.

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Microsoft Turns Teams Collaboration Software into Low-Code Dev Tool

Microsoft announced a host of app development capabilities for Teams, which is fighting with competitors such as Zoom in the exploding meeting/collaboration space as the COVID-19 pandemic forces organizations to keep workers home.

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